FAQS

Where will SPE be used in buildings and commercial settings?

In business and commercial settings, SPE can be deployed for physical security door controllers, surveillance cameras, motion detectors, smart lighting, building- or city-wide automation and elevator control systems.

How can SPE be used in manufacturing facilities?

In manufacturing plants, SPE can be used to network automation and process control systems. In many situations, this would be a major upgrade on the plant floor away from serial bus technologies that have been in use for decades.

What are the advantages of a one network protocol?

Legacy plant and facility automation systems typically operated using one of several serial bus technologies as opposed to Ethernet. This created fully isolated networks. One for the manufacturing or facility network – and another for the corporate data network. 802.3cg will allow these networks to be combined natively. This is especially important as Industrial IoT and building automation systems begin to be managed from the public cloud.

Is SPE cabling easy to install?

One immediate advantage of SPE over 4-pair cabling is that it shrinks the cabling size and weight to 1/4 of a typical CAT6 cable. It will also be less expensive to purchase and install.

Can you reuse existing cable with SPE?

Migrating to single twisted pair offers a critical advantage in that it allows you to reuse existing cables, and especially Foundation H1, HART, PROFIBUS PA and 4-20mA connections. Benefits include an enormous installed base of Single Twisted Pair, usually shielded and sometimes certified, in the field that can be leveraged. Lengthy fieldbus cables are expensive to install (often in filled conduit) and end nodes would be easier to replace.

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